Questions About Multilingual Children

Questions about Multilingual Children

Today in my Understanding How Children Learn To Read webinar, I received this question about teaching young multilingual children how to write and read. I seem to be getting these types of questions frequently, so I thought I’d do a blog post about it. Maren, Wondering why age 4.5 is recommended for introducing a foreign […]


Overcoming Obstacles To Success

Overcoming Obstacles To Success

As we work with adults we often wonder why our expectations or standards aren’t being met. We believe in assuring success for children.    How can we assure success for adults? Success usually requires more of the following: Skills and training  Experience  Time to get the job done Support from others Materials  Confidence  Desire or motivation to […]


BOOK REVIEW | Hatching The Cosmic Egg

Nested Cosmic Egg

“Since it has been seen to be necessary to give so much to the child, let us give him a vision of the whole universe. The universe is an imposing reality, and an answer to all questions.” Dr. Maria Montessori To Educate The Human Potential, page 5 Everything is perfect. As we flew cross-country in […]


FREE INSTANT WEBINAR | Understanding How Children Learn To Read

understanding how children learn to read

Want FUN activities to do with preschoolers? Want to feel confident about children’s reading? In Understanding How Children Learn To Read, you’ll learn: Skills essential to reading success Common developmental obstacles Why one important skill is overlooked How you can help, all in a FUN way! You’ll also be able to ask me questions during […]


BOOK | Understanding Montessori

Cover Understanding Montessori

Ten years ago I wrote and published Understanding Montessori: A Guide For Parents. Over the years I wanted to do an update, but there was always another project that called.  But this summer I went to work on the second edition and am now pleased to let you know about it.  The paperback and ebook have […]


Make Room For Success, Delegate

Make Room For Success Delegate

One of the traps I tend to fall into, time and time again, is this one: I’d rather do it myself that delegate a task and have someone not do it correctly.  As school leaders working with staff and volunteers we can be put in uncomfortable situations by others’ mistakes and tardiness.  How can we use […]


FREE INSTANT WEBINAR: How To Help With Spelling

how to help with spelling

Is spelling dead? In today’s tech world with computerized dictation programs, along with the ability to use spelling autocorrect as we write, there is an educational faction that says that learning to spell is unimportant, that spelling is dead. Research shows, though, that being a competent speller increases… Reading ability, Writing effectiveness, Reading and listening […]


Leading Towards Civility

Leading towards civility

In our series on teaching civility, we’ve considered that there are key questions we need to keep in the air every day. :  Who do I want to be? Do you want to be a person who values others? Who helps others succeed? Who removes obstacles to success? Who creates a culture of kindness and […]


Herding Cats?

As a school leader we deal with lots of different personalities from youngsters to adults.  Trying to meet a variety of needs…no wonder we might feel like we are herding cats. There are some similarities in guiding adults and children.   Perhaps when we can focus on those similarities we can play to our strengths. […]


The High Costs Of Incivility

The High Cost of Incivility

One of the dangers of dealing with incivility is like the proverbial frog in a pot of boiling water.  If a frog jumps into boiling water, he’ll jump right out.  Light the fire after the frog is in the pot, and he stays until it is too late. With incivility we run the risk of […]